Press Release (Urban Farm Company)
Colorado gets it: Grow food yourself, right in your neighborhood, and Monsanto can’t win.
So to truly change the food system backyard gardens are springing up all over the Front Range, courtesy of a local gardener with a huge vision.
Bryant Mason, founder and owner of The Urban Farm Company, partnered with Stapleton’s premier builders early this year to install a vegetable garden in, ideally, every new home as it’s built in the Stapleton neighborhood. He’s teaching classes, talking to families and sharing his passion for making Coloradans happier, healthier and more informed when it comes to their food.
“It’s such a simple, natural and age-old concept,” Mason said. “When I started gardening, it just made me feel good, and I never understood why that was, then I learned the science behind how gardening makes you happier. Soil contains mycobacterium vaccae that you breathe in and ingest when you’re gardening. Your body’s immune response creates serotonin in your brain, which is an antidepressant drug.”
So he started a company to share those good feelings, bringing a sustainable gardening model to homes and newly built communities throughout the Front Range. He said the company’s goal is to keep building partnerships like the one at Stapleton, which includes Standard Pacific Homes, Parkwood Homes, New Town Builders, Century Communities, Wonderland Homes, KB Homes, the Infinity Home Collection, David Weekly Homes and Boulder Creek Builders.
“We want to empower people to grow their own food right in their backyards,” said Mason. “We know that the minute you cut a head of lettuce and ship it from California, it loses nutrients. That doesn’t happen when you go snip a giant salad out of your backyard garden.”
He builds families customized, organic, raised-bed vegetable gardens that come with all of the tools for success: one of the area’s best soil mixes, assistance throughout the season and an online adviser to keep everyone in the know.
“We now know kids who garden actually have a higher preference for healthy food for the rest of their lives,” Mason said. “They have better interpersonal skills. They have higher self esteem. They actually do better in school in math and science. It’s the same thing with adults, and it’s a concept that Coloradans understand and can really get behind.”
Nancy McMahon, an urban gardener from Fort Collins, Colo. praised Mason’s efforts not just in her garden, but in including her daughters in the garden planting. After moving into a new house, the family just didn’t have time for a new garden, and she said her 9-year-old was upset.
McMahon’s new urban garden provided a solution the whole family could be involved in, but with minimal work, she said.
“I didn’t want everything to be done for us and this allowed the girls to be involved in the process — selecting what they wanted to grow — and then planting it themselves,” she said. “Watch- ing those tiny seeds turn into sprouts and then full, lush plants was an amazing experience. ... It was exactly what we were looking for.”
Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)
2013 Street Tree Planting Program
Would you like a new street tree in front of your property? City Forestry is once again offering the free street tree planting program this spring and has approximately 80 trees to give away. Trees are given to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost, however residents will be required to pick up and plant their own street trees. The trees were purchased through Trees Across Colorado with the Tree City USA fund.
To apply for a tree, please contact City Forestry @ 385-5942. The deadline for accepting applications will be 4/11/2013. There is usually room for a street tree if there is 25 to 35 feet between current street trees. Planting and watering instructions will be provided at the time of pickup. Pickup dates and times will be posted on www.SpringsGov.com/forestry.
For more information, contact City Forestry at 385-5942.
Aspen Mine Community Center April 30, 2013
Press Release (Pikes Peak Workforce Center)
In January 2013, the Teller County Unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, up three-tenths of a percent from December and two-tenths of a percent from January 2012. This means that over 1000 people in Teller County were officially listed as unemployed. This number does not include those discouraged workers who have stopped actively looking for a job.
To connect hiring businesses with work-ready Teller County job seekers, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center will host a job fair on Tuesday, April 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Aspen Mine Community Center.
Job fair attendees should dress appropriately, bring multiple copies of their résumés and application information to help them fill out applications.
About the Pikes Peak Workforce Center
The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at www.ppwfc.org.
This past week the State Golden Gloves Championships were held in Denver, Colorado. Four local boxers entered the tournament from Ybarras Boxing Club in Widefield, Colorado.
Luisjoe Ybarra Jr,won his fifth straight title in the 90lb 11-12yr old division by defeating Angalo Torres in the finals.
Kyara Velez and Alturo Melo were unopposed champions, for there were no other entries in their weight divisions. Kyara took the 110lb female11-12yr old division, Altruro took the 110lbs male 15-16yr old division.
Andy Kanene placed second in the 17-34yr old senior divison.
A new Family Dollar store is now open at 108 N. Santa Fe Ave in Fountain, across from Books Automotive.
This is the second Family Dollar location in Fountain. The company opened a store on the Mesa in October 2011.
The 2013 Revenue North Business Growth Summit will take place in Colorado Springs on April 18th. The summit brings together local business experts on topics ranging from human resource managemen, sales, marketing, financing, customer retention, search engine optimization, reputation management and lots more.
Admission is normally $99 per person, but Frank Rudy of Revenue North has offered to admit first timers free, if you use the promo code found here.
Event information: http://www.southsidebusiness.com/southside/index.php/events/762-april-18th-revenue-north-business-growth-summit
Revenue North website: www.RevenueNorth.com